If you’ve never seen a WRC event in Corsica at least on television, go do it now. Corsica, a French governed, Italian influenced Mediterranean Island is a mountainous area which rarely lets up coast to coast making travel on the island by road a very twisty affair with elevation climbing and falling all the time.
There are so many roads to explore on Corsica but for now the T20 from Ajaccio to Corte is the road we are on. An amazing road with a side detour that is breathtaking.
Starting from the Corsican capital of Ajaccio, the T20 takes you north-east into the mountains and hillsides. Things start to get interesting after Le Pont d’Ucciani.
The road winds it way through the countryside twisting and turning with many open sweepers before you. The scenery is fairly rural although mountains in the distance are always beckoning.
It would be far too easy to wind it up on these roads as the surface appears silky and the housing build up minimal, but with these open and fast sweepers you’d be getting up to circuit speeds very quickly and with the odd tractor bumbling along, school areas nearby, you’re at risk of something major happening.
Eventually you’ll arrive at a large roundabout. It’s here you can choose to go left and continue on the T20, or, you could go straight and take the alternate route. I suggest the alternate route because you’re in for wonderfully smooth tarmac, curves and sights.
Go straight at the roundabout!
Winding through the town area it’s best to respect locals by abiding by limits but once things get a little more leafy it really is an amazing set of corners and visuals.
Wind your way through and cross the rail tracks. Not long after you’ll be driving right next to those tracks and one can only imagine what a sight it must be when a train is right next to you travelling along.
Driving through some more amazing corners the road starts to straighten and you end up back on the T20.
But don’t worry, the fun is going to continue as you swerve left around and over a ravine and start climbing.
It’s incredible how well kept these roads are and puts to shame many larger national roads elsewhere.
Gentle climbs and gentle descents through shade and in light, hugging the mountain side. The flora seems to change from rugged Cyrpus-like terrain to forest in a matter of moments.
At times you might even catch that railway line snaking its way through the terrain near you.
It’s only when you emerge out of the trees that you can see the stunning surrounding mountains. And if you get stuck behind a local carrying heavy machinery, you can always pull off an soak in the views.
You’ll want to go through the town of Vavario if you want to get to Corte. Maybe a good place for a rest and a bite to eat!
Once out of the town the road starts to open up a little before sweeping around the mountainside and arriving at Venaco and then soon after back onto the ultra smooth stuff. Then, it’s all the way to Corte where you’ll have to make a decision about where to go next!